Meaning: “The mainland, the land facing the sea.”
Nicknames: Alla, Alas, Laski
Detail: Alaska came from an Aleut (Yupik) word alaxsxaq (ah-LOCK-shock) “the mainland, the land facing the sea”. The Russians were the first Europeans in Alaska and they pronounced the word (al-YA-ska). When the US purchased Alaska from the Russians the name was only slightly modified to what it is today.
Title character in John Green’s Looking for Alaska.